By Thomas G. Farrell Jr.
Stonehill will name its basketball court after assistant vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Paula Sullivan, who recently retired after 43 years.
The official dedication ceremony will be held November 15th. Sullivan retired this past August, before the 1:30 p.m. tipoff between Stonehill and Caldwell College.
“Paula Sullivan is a true legend,” said Trisha Brown, women’s basketball coach. “Paula has been an incredible mentor to me and so many others around the Stonehill Campus. To witness the passion, the discipline, and thoughtfulness that Paula put into each day of work, was the greatest education any of us could receive.”
Sullivan’s tenure as women’s basketball coach included a record of 479-159, 25 consecutive winning seasons, 6 Northeast-10 championships, 10 NCAA Division II tournament berths, and two trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. Stonehill also won its first Northeast-10 Conference President’s Cup for overall athletic excellence under Sullivan.
“Paula inspired all of us in Athletics, and all those who played for her to rise to a new level. She put her heart and soul into creating an outstanding student-athlete experience for all who have been fortunate enough to compete at Stonehill. She is an incredible competitor, educator, and mentor to all that have played and coached here. Her name on the court is such a well-deserved honor.” Coach Brown said.
Sullivan graduated from Bridgewater State University in 1971 and served as the Stonehill women’s basketball coach from 1971 through 1996. She is a five-time selection for the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year.
The numerous awards, achievements, and recognition encapsulate the type of impact
Sullivan left at Stonehill. Athletic Director Brendan J. Sullivan said she had a large impact on the athletic department.
“She really elevated the department into a model Division II program,” Sullivan said. “What really stood out to me was her loyalty to one institution and her dedication to student-athletic experience. In evaluating anything, her question always was ‘How is this going to affect our kids?’”